Project Ara Teardown Specs

Teardown reveals what makes Google’s new 3D-sensing Android phone tick

By on April 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

Teardown reveals what makes Google’s new 3D-sensing Android phone tick

Project Tango is a new Google initiative that aims to bring 3D-sensing to mobile devices. The tech could allow people to use devices for mapping areas around an individual, especially indoors, for navigation, gaming and other purposes. Just like Project Ara, the modular phone developed by Google, Project Tango is still in its infancy, with only a handful of developers having been invited to test it out. Even so, it appears iFixit has gotten its hands on the device in order to put it through its usual teardown paces. More →

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Smartphone Kill-Switch: Apple, Google, Microsoft

Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

By on April 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Beware, phone thieves: The smartphone ‘kill-switch’ is coming

The five largest U.S. wireless carriers and many smartphone makers including Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others on Tuesday announced they have agreed to include “kill-switch” technology in all smartphone models released after July 2015, Re/code reports, in a move that should help decrease smartphone thefts and further protect customer data. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors

New iPhone 6 case photos reaffirm big redesign, show relocated power button

By on April 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM.

New iPhone 6 case photos reaffirm big redesign, show relocated power button

Apple appears to take the most aggressive stance when it comes to secrecy and keeping information surrounding its unreleased products out of the public’s eye. Needless to say, it’s all for naught when your production partners are gigantic Eastern manufacturing giants with tens or even hundreds of thousands of workers. As such, Apple products tend to leak even more than devices made by rival companies, especially since the interest level in Apple products is always so high. And now, the leaks involving Apple’s iPhone 6 have kicked into high gear. More →

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iPhone 6 Design and Accessories

Video: This metal iPhone 6 mold is supposedly an exact replica of the real thing

By on April 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Video: This metal iPhone 6 mold is supposedly an exact replica of the real thing

Apple did not announce the iPhone 6 yet, but numerous leaks have already shown alleged components and manufacturing molds of the handset. Furthermore, case makers are already working on cases for the upcoming flagship model, with many such companies having presented accessories for the device at this year’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Macotakara reports that at least one company had iPhone 6 mockups made of metal on display, and they are supposedly based on the actual design of Apple’s upcoming handsets. More →

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Project Ara Release Date

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

By on April 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Google’s Project Ara has a projected release date: January 2015

The most exciting innovation in the mobile market finally has a release date. According to CNET, Google announced today at the Project Ara developers conference that its first modular smartphone will go on sale in January 2015 for the low price of $50. Project lead Paul Eremenko told the crowd that the initial model will be a boring gray device by design, so as not to distract from the additional physical components. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Q2 Shipments

Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S5, reportedly expects to ship 35M in Q2 alone

By on April 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S5, reportedly expects to ship 35M in Q2 alone

Samsung has high expectations for the Galaxy S5. The 2014 flagship phone has received widespread acclaim for its stellar display and surprising durability, leading to huge adoption numbers and growing sales predictions from Samsung. The Korea Times reports that Samsung shipped 1.3 times as many Galaxy S5 units on the first day of sales than it did on the launch day of the S4. More →

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Apple indoor mapping patent

New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

By on April 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

Apple was awarded a patent on Tuesday for a technology that should allow for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. The new patent, which was picked up by Apple Insider, uses a combination of Wi-Fi access points, location databases and other data to determine proximity to what the patent called “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture to determine a more precise location. More →

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OnePlus One Image Leak

New leaks further detail the phone that could be every Android fan’s Android dream

By on April 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

New leaks further detail the phone that could be every Android fan’s Android dream

A new image leak apparently showing various OnePlus One marketing elements placed on a board alongside various product-related details has been discovered by GizChina.it on the OnePlus forum. It also contains some interesting gems, including a design sketch for the phone and what appears to be the backplate of the handset. The same OnePlus forum thread is also home to several other purported One images, including design sketches for the One’s box, alleged motherboard photos and even a user interface leak. Various renders seemingly showing the OnePlus One’s retail box have also been posted. More →

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LG isai FL Leaked Pictures

Leaked pic might give us our first hint of the LG G3′s design

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM.

Leaked pic might give us our first hint of the LG G3′s design

Is this a hint about where LG will be going with its next flagship handset? @evleaks gives us a new leaked picture of a smartphone called the LG isai FL that definitely shows LG upping its game design-wise from the LG G2 that it released last year. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Smartphone Specs

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system will soon offer support for even better hardware, NokiaPowerUser suggests, as evidence in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 apparently indicates that 2K displays and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip may be found inside future high-end handsets. Thus, future Lumia handsets and other Windows Phones may offer the same set of specs expected from upcoming Android flagship handsets. More →

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Galaxy S5 Durability Test

New study suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is more breakable than the iPhone 5s

By on April 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

New study suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is more breakable than the iPhone 5s

The Galaxy S5 can do plenty of things that the iPhone can’t, but even with IP67 certification, Samsung still hasn’t built a more durable phone than the iPhone 5s. The Associated Press shares the latest results from SquareTrade’s durability tests, which put the iPhone 5s just half a point ahead of the brand new Galaxy S5. According to SquareTrade, the relative small size of the iPhone 5s gives it an edge over the 5-inch Android phones which have begun flooding the market. An iPhone owner is simply less likely to drop his or her phone. More →

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Verizon Galaxy S5 Sale

Verizon’s Galaxy S5 already half off from Amazon

By on April 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM.

Verizon’s Galaxy S5 already half off from Amazon

Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone just debuted a few short days ago, but the device is already being sold at a big discount. Verizon Wireless’ version of the new flagship phone, which normally starts at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, can now be ordered from Amazon for just $99.99 — a discount of 50% off the up-front cost of the phone. More →

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